Well this is a very good question and so we thought we would shed a little light on the subject, being fashion jewellery experts as we hope we are. To begin Costume jewellery and fashion jewellery are in essence one and the same but the difference though subtle is in fact historical. Today the two types are practically indistinguishable and so the term may be used interchangeable with no embarrassment, if that’s the kind of thing that may cause you to blush. However there are some very subtle differences between costume and fashion jewellery. Thus, most of us use these terms interchangeably while some jewellers and fashion designers distinguish between the two categories. We don’t here at Rue B but it’s good to know.
Lets look at the Similarities between Costume and Fashion Jewellery
So we know that buying costume and fashion jewellery offers the same benefit of affordable accessories. These jewellery types originally mimicked the appearance of finer pieces by using less expensive materials and while they may still do this today they also their have their own bold and out there style that practically nobody I know could afford if made from precious materials. In short they toy and play with the medium like never never before. This is made possible by the invitations in material and mass production technologies.
Fine jewellery can be expensive, but if you look our own huge range of Sterling Silver jewellery you will know that this is not always the case. Anyway, this is because it uses precious metals and gemstones that are quite or very, or crazily valuable. Costume and fashion jewellery substitute these materials with plated metals and imitation gems. The following table highlights some common materials used in the construction of costume and fashion jewellery.
Why we have Costume and Fashion Jewellery
Clearly then we buy costume and fashion jewellery in order to look amazing without breaking the bank. Just like clothing it’s great to be able to mix up and alter our look on a daily basis and as every woman knows, the right piece of fashion/ costume jewellery is key. Who could afford dozens of items made up of large diamonds, solid gold, and precious gemstones, so their is your answer, whilst we would love them these things are prohibitively expensive. Especially when trying to coordinate jewellery pieces with different outfits.So cheap affordable Costume and fashion jewellery is the answer. With these fab bold pieces, you are able to wear a different sets of jewellery everyday as a fraction of the price. Hence cheap low cost fashion jewellery has made a huge impact on the modern wardrobe. —-from——————————-
How Costume and Fashion Jewelry Mimic and even outshines Higher End Pieces
While expert jewelers can tell the difference between fine jewelry and imitations, the average consumer may be fooled by the realistic effects. Solid gold, silver, and platinum emit a luminescent shine that attracts the eye. Cheaper metals like nickel and pewter are duller in appearance, so to mimic that shine, designers plate the material with small amounts of gold or silver. This plating keeps the piece inexpensive while creating the look of precious metals. Diamonds and gemstones are also expensive depending on the quality. The brilliance and facets are slightly more difficult to imitate, but glass blowers try to replicate the shape and color of precious stones. Mid-grade jewelry sometimes uses semi-precious gems to keep prices lower while maintaining the beauty of fine jewelry. Plastic and acrylic beads with shiny coatings imitate the appearance of pearls at a cheap cost.
Rhinestones in Costume and Fashion Jewelry
One of the first methods used to simulate the look of diamonds was to coat the back of rock crystals with metal flakes. These crystals became known as rhinestones because they were collected from the river Rhine in Europe. With the proper construction, some rhinestones even sparkle like real diamonds under certain lighting conditions. Imitation jewelry featuring rhinestones became so popular that manufacturers coined the term diamante to categorize such pieces. Designers incorporate different colored crystals to mimic the effects of various precious gemstones.
The brand Swarovski introduced an iridescent crystal rhinestone in the mid 1950s using scientific treatments to produce the elegant effect. Many consumers ask for Swarovski jewelry by name because of the highly realistic looks and mid-ranged price level.